WFC: Chelsea, AC Milan take talents to Miami on July 28
Miami is ready for an encore.
After more than 70,000 people jammed Sun Life Stadium last year to watch Chivas Guadalajara defeat FC Barcelona in a thrilling WFC encounter, South Florida's soccer fans will get another treat this summer as Euro heavyweights Chelsea and AC Milan do battle on Sat., July 28 (6 p.m. ET).
Perennial contenders on both domestic and European fronts, AC Milan and Chelsea were again among the most successful in their respective countries in the 2011-'12 campaign.
Chelsea are coming off a thrilling 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup final this past weekend. More famously, they have advanced to the final of the UEFA Champions League, in which they will take on Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, AC Milan have enjoyed a fine season, reaching the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals and the Italian Coppa Italia semis. They have already booked a Champions League spot for next season after securing second-place in Serie A, behind Juventus.
July 28 will not be their first WFC meeting. In the tournament's first edition in 2009, Chelsea beat the Italian side 2-1 in front of a sell-out crowd of 71,203 at M&T Bank Stadium.
The marquee match-up should prove an attraction in Miami. In fact, the only other meeting in recent history between the two sides came in the group stages of the 1999-2000 edition of the UEFA Champions League.
The Milan match will conclude Chelsea's North American tour. They will also take on the Seattle Sounders (July 18), Paris Saint-Germain (July 22), and the MLS All-Stars in the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game (July 25).